Quants: The Alchemists of Wall Street

Created on Friday, 10 December 2010 18:29

Quants are the math wizards and computer programmers in the engine room of our global financial system, who designed the financial products that almost crashed Wall st. The credit crunch showed how the global financial system has become increasingly dependent on mathematical models trying to quantify human (economic) behavior. Now the quants are at the heart of yet another technological revolution in finance: trading at the speed of light.

 

What are the risks of treating the economy and its markets as a complex machine? Will Wall Street be able to keep control of this model-based financial system or has it created a monster?

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